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Global Voices: Weekly Highlights—August 4-10, 2011

Global Voices: Weekly Highlights—August 4-10, 2011

Chile: Police and Students Clash in Unauthorized Education Protest
Hundreds of Chilean students, fighting to overhaul their education system, clashed with an intensified police force as they protested without permission on Thursday through the center of capital Santiago. The protest sky-rocketed to the top of the city's trending topics on Twitter as students vented their growing frustrations. read>>


United Kingdom: Making Sense of the London Riots
London woke up to a wave of destruction on Tuesday morning, following another night of anarchic rioting and looting. As communities clear the damage and brace themselves for more unrest, the country is trying to make sense of the events, which have highlighted deep tensions in the relationship between political leaders, the police and the communities they aim to serve. read>>


MENA: Can a Hashtag Spread Hatred?
Over the past few days, more than 250,000 Israelis have protested in the streets of Tel Aviv and other cities over the rising costs of housing and food. Tarek Amr examines how a derogatory hashtag used by Arab Twitter users to comment on the protests in Israel has sparked debate on both sides. read>>


Trinidad & Tobago: Newspaper Prints "Private" Facebook Comments
In a follow-up story in June about threatening emails to journalists allegedly sent from the home of the Prime Minister's advisor, The Trinidad Express quoted from a private Facebook discussion without permission. Since then, there have been two additional stories where Facebook comments were "lifted" without consent. read>>


Zimbabwe: Will a Big Brother Winner Unite a Divided Country?
The Big Brother Africa reality marathon is now over. However, there are mixed views about which of the two Zimbabwean contestants deserved to win. The Zimbabwean chap who took home a cool US$200,000 "happens" to be white, which "inevitably" also became a talking point. read>>


More posts on Global Voices this week..
Ghana: Towards the 'Ideal Woman': Meet Blogger And Journalist Linda Annan
South Korea: Extremist Grandpas Attack Labor Activists
The Balkans: Over Half of the Population Uses the Internet
Syria: Death Toll Mounts as Ramadan Massacre Continues
Should Thailand Raise the Minimum Wage?
Mexico's 'Train of Death'
Brazil: Hetero Pride or Homo Intolerance?
Yemen: Pressing Humanitarian Needs and Deteriorating Economic Situation


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